Arunachal Pradesh is dotted with a number of tourist attractions that allure tourists from all over the world. The state caters to the requirements of every kind of traveler. Famous attractions include ancient temples, historical monuments, monasteries, waterfalls, museums and sanctuaries.
7 Place to visit in Arunachal Pradesh, India
1. Tawang War Memorial
Tawang War Memorial located at Cona, Shannan, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Tawang War Memorial are 40 foots high multi-hued memorial, Tawang War Memorialis dedicated to the war heroes (soldiers of the Indian Army) of Sino-India war that took place in the year 1962. Also known as Namgyal Chorten, the structure is similar to the design of a huge stupa. Overlooking the Tawang-Chu valley, this memorial was constructed to remember the sacrifices made by the soldiers of the Indian Army. This memorial that is placed on a slope was visited by Dalai Lama in the year 1997. Visitors can spot the names of soldiers (on granite plates), 2420 in number, who sacrificed their lives during the war at Kameng sector. Tawang War memorial is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Arunachal Pradesh.
The war memorial has two rooms in each side. While in room there are maps, photographs, artifacts etc of the war heroes, the other is sound and light show room, telling the tale of heroism of the Indian soldiers. There is a museum too that has display the things that were used at the time of the war, such as pots, bullet, guns, helmet, mugs and so on. There are newspaper cuttings and maps too, pin-pointing at the placements of the both the armies.
2. Tawang Monastery
Tawang Monastery located in Tawang city of Tawang district in the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Tawang Monastery is the largest monastery of India and the second largest in the world after the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. Tawang Monastery is one of the most popular attractions of Arunachal Pradesh. The state’s crown of Buddhism, Tawang Gompa is also referred to as Galden Namgyal Lhatse.
3. Pankang Teng Tso Lake
Pankang Teng Tso Lake is blessed with serene surroundings and wonderful scenery, Pankang Teng Tso Lake is one of the most popular lakes in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. Located around 17 km away from the main town in an open valley, the lake is surrounded by blue lapis flowers in summers, and a blanket of snow in the winters. This lake was formed during an earth quake and lies in pine forest. Trunks of dead trees can be seen emerging from the blue waters of the lake. The lake remains frozen during the winter months and thus summers is the best time to visit it.
The calm waters, colorful birds on the banks, the snow-covered Himalayas in the backdrop, the tranquil setting, and the moving clouds- all are charmers. The area around the lake is maintained by the Indian Army. The trail leading to the lake is dotted with colorful rhododendron flowers. It is also known as Ptso Lake. The best time to visit Pankang Teng Tso Lake is between the months of April and October. Because of the holly location, the temperatures in summers are low and the weather is extremely pleasant.
4. Madhuri Lake
Madhuri Lake formed by a flash flood after an earthquake in the year 1950, Madhuri Lake is originally known as Shonga-tser Lake, which is one of the most popular lakes in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh. The lake was renamed so after the shooting of Bollywood movie Koyla, starring Madhuri Dixit, the beautiful actress. The lake has been surrounded by wonderfully lush valleys, and snow-capped mountains. A leisure walk is the best way to explore the picturesque surroundings of the lake.
The lake is managed by the Indian Army. There is a cafeteria too, near the lake where visitors can relish Maggi, Momos, with a cup of tea or coffee. The best time to visit Madhuri Lake is between April and October as during the rest of the year, the area is frozen.
5. Nuranang Waterfalls
Nuranang Waterfalls in the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh known as Jang falls or Bong Bong Falls, Nuranang waterfalls are located around 40 km from Tawang town. These waterfalls are placed at an elevation of around 6000 feet and are one of the most stunning waterfalls in Arunachal Pradesh state. River Nuranang originates from the northern slope of Sela pass and form Nuranag waterfalls before it meets River Tawang. While on your way to Tawang, do halt at these waterfalls to have a good time with your loved ones. Stop here on your way to Tawang.
About 2 km from Jang town, these waterfalls are 100 meter high. Do not forget to click pictures of the beautiful surroundings. The locals believe that this milky white waterfall has been named after Nura, a Monpa tribal girl who probably helped an Indian soldier by supplying arms and also gave shelter to him at the time of Indo-China war. After visiting the falls, you can also pay a visit to Hydel power station, which is placed nearby. Regular bus service is available from Tawang to reach Nuranang falls. These waterfalls shot to fame after the shooting of one of the songs Tanhai Tanhai of Shahrukh Khan and Madhurai Dixit starrer Bollywood movie Koyla was done here in 1997.
6. Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh
The Sela Pass is a high-altitude mountain pass located on the border between the Tawang and West Kameng Districts of Arunachal Pradesh state in India. Sela Pass known as the gateway to Tawang Valley. Tawang is situated at a distance of 78 km from Sela Pass while Guwahati is at a distance of 340 km. Lying at an altitude of 14,000 feets above the sea level, this pass is counted amongst the high-altitude motorable passes, around the world. While driving on the pass, enjoy some most mesmerizing views of the snow-class Mountains. During the winter season, a sheet of white snow covers the pass. While driving towards Tawang, you come across Paradise Lake (or Sela Lake) that freezes in winters. Enjoy the captivating sight of gleaming sunrays, touching the white mountain tops.
Sela Pass connects Tawang Valley to the rest of the country. The pass is managed by Border Road Organization (BRO) and remains open all throughout the year. This region of eastern Himalayas is a revered one for the followers of Buddhism as the 101 lakes in and around Sela hold immense religious importance for the Buddhists.
7. Namdapha National Park
Namdapha National Park is the largest protected area in India, Namdapha National Park is located in the north-eastern state of India, Arunachal Pradesh and has been blessed with a rich biodiversity. Placed close to the Indo-Myanmar-China tri-junction, it spreads in an area of 1985 square km. As the national park is placed under the Palearctic as well as Indo Malayan bio-geographic region, it boasts of being home to vast variety of animals and birds.